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September Celebrations 2017 - 06/05/17 12:06 PM

September celebrations theme competition officially opened

Preparations for the 2017 September celebrations have begun, and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), is announcing the official opening of the September celebrations theme competition.

The theme should not be more than 10 words, and individuals are allowed to submit multiple entries. The submissions should be in commemoration of the 219th anniversary of the Battle of St George’s Caye and the 36th anniversary of Belize’s Independence.

The winner will receive a cash prize of a $1,000 and an invitation to the official ceremonies during September.

Belizeans living at home and abroad are invited to submit their ideas for the theme. Deadline for submissions is Friday June 23.

Submissions can be emailed to [email protected], or can be dropped off at the NICH office on Regent Street, or at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, or at any town council office in any of the districts.

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 06/07/17 11:25 AM

National Song Competition 2017!

Lookout for this great opportunity to put your creativity into practice. National Song Competition 2017!

Each year, the National Celebrations Commission strives to highlight Belize's rich and unique cultural heritage through the numerous events held to commemorate our national celebrations. One such event is the National Song Competition which was created to provide professional and amateur musicians with the opportunity to create and showcase their original pieces. The goal of the competition is to promote artistic expression, national pride and Belize's diverse culture.

The competition was created to give both professionals and amateur song-writers and performing artists an opportunity to showcase their original pieces on a grand stage. It comprises of two categories:

  • A Belize Song Competition which should be an original song reflecting a strong Belizean identity, flavor and rhythm and should inspire a sense of national pride and unity. It should evoke a blessing or celebrate the history, traditions and diversity of the Belizean Culture.
  • The Carnival Song Competition should be an original song which will be used for celebratory purposes during the September Celebrations and throughout the year.

It is open to all Belizeans both juniors and seniors. Groups of persons or individuals may enter but will be treated as one entity. Entries will be judged based on: Audience Appeal, Musical Arrangement, Vocal Quality, Lyrical Content and Stage Performance. WINNERS will receive cash prizes as follows:

Senior Division 1st Place - $10,000 and a trophy (this includes a music video and an opportunity to represent Belize in the Region) 2nd Place - $3,000 and a trophy

Junior Division 1st Place - $4,500and a trophy (this includes a music video) 2. Place - $1,000 and a trophy

We will also award the following:

  • People's Choice for the most popular song
  • Breakout Artist of the Year

This year the National Celebrations Commission will include a Youth Music Development Program that will feature vocal training, song writing assistance and production development for the Junior Section of the National Song Competition.

The National Celebrations Commission is sending out a call to musicians, performing artists and songwriters (juniors and seniors) to submit their songs in the National Song Competition 2017.

Song writers and Performing Artists are invited to register for the competition by downloading the registration form at www.nichbelize.org or contacting their House of Culture Coordinators or email at [email protected] or call 227-2110/2458 Bliss Centre for more information.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: FRIDAY, JULY 21st, 2017 AT 5:00PM FINALS: SATURDAY, AUGUST 12., 2017 TO BE DETERMINED BZ SONG/CARNIVALSONG. JUNIORS & SENIORS

For more information contact: National Song Competition. Bliss Centre. Southern Foreshore. [email protected] Telephone: 227 2458/2110


The September Celebrations, in 10 Words or Less

The September Celebrations Committee is also calling for submissions for the theme for this year’s festivities which include the Battle of Saint George’s Caye as well as Independence Day.  Entries are invited from persons living here in the jewel or overseas.  But there are only two weeks left to present your entry so if you are interested get your creative juices flowing and your pen and paper ready.

Neil Hall, Communications & Marketing Officer, NICH

“This is a contest that is going out not only locally, but internationally. We are asking for every and anyone, if you have an idea as to what you would like to be the theme for the two hundred and nineteenth anniversary of the battle of Saint George’s Caye and the thirty-sixth anniversary of Belize’s Independence to send it in. The only stipulation is ten words or less and your submission deadline for that one is Friday, June twenty-third.”

For either submissions, entries can be emailed at September Celebrations at Gmail dot com or you can deliver them to NICH office on Rectory Lane in Belize City or any of the Houses of Culture across the country. 

Can Your Belize or Carnival Song Win National Competition?

It is that time of the year to spring into action for the September celebrations. A highlight of the month-long activities is the song competition which seeks to promote artistic expression, national pride and our rich ethnicity. NICH has issued a call for submissions to artists, rookies as well as professionals to enter their original work.  There are two categories: The Belize song competition which focuses on the Belizean identity and a message of patriotism and the other on carnival, which is a more upbeat piece to be featured during the celebrations as well as the rest of the year.  Deadline for submissions is weeks away in July. Neil Hall of NICH explains.

Neil Hall, Communications & Marketing Officer, NICH

“We are looking for two songs this year. We are looking for a Belize song as well as a celebration song, a carnival song. We are asking for every and anyone who has interest to please submit their entries as quickly as possible simply because the deadline for submissions for the songs are the twenty-first of July. Remember after they are submitted we need to go through a selection process to ensure that they have the right sound and they are conveying the right message. We are asking for seniors and juniors as there are two different categories. We are asking for if you are a master performer or a novice; someone who simply has a great idea, great voice and has put together something that you think would be suitable to make a submission so that we can go through it. You never know, you might be the winner.”

For the seniors, the first place is ten thousand dollars and second place is three thousand dollars with trophies. For the juniors, it is four thousand five hundred dollars and a thousand dollars, respectively for first and second place. Both first place winners get a music video directed and produced by NICH. 

Channel 5

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 07/07/17 11:15 AM

NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS THEME WINNER

The National Celebrations Commission is pleased to announce the winner and theme for the upcoming September Celebrations. After careful deliberation by the Commission, the submission made by Ms. Janine Sosa was selected.

The theme focusses on our unified Belizean people, cultures, and country. This year’s theme calls on us to recognize the often difficult decisions that must be made to ensure our nation’s progress. It acknowledges the moment in which we take pleasure in the victories of our past and present, and uses these accomplishments to strengthen our advancement into the future.

Over 250 entries were submitted for this year’s Theme Competition. A panel appointed by the National Celebrations Commission then narrowed the field to the top 58 entries. Each entry was scored and Ms. Sosa’s entry attained the highest score, claiming the grand prize of this year’s National Celebration Theme Contest 2017.
The theme for this year’s Celebrations will be:

"Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!"
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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 08/24/17 12:08 PM

September Celebration Time in Belize!

September is, without a doubt, the most exciting time to visit Belize, and be a part of our rich cultural history and festivities. There are many enjoyable activities throughout the month that culminate in the celebration of our Independence day on September 21.

Belize's history dates back to the Maya Civilization, over three thousand years ago followed by the Europeans settlement of Belize in the 16th -17th century. A few years after a military engagement between the Spaniards and the British settlers, which lasted from the 3 to the 10 September 1798, we became a British colony named British Honduras. On the 10 of September each year, the Battle of St Georges Caye day is celebrated in honor of this event.

On September 21, 1981, Belize, the only British colony in Central America, became an Independent Nation.

Each year, Belizeans at home and abroad celebrate this month with much national pride, excitement and vibrant traditions Days of fanfare leading up to Independence Day include colourful Road marches, formal parades, September Expo, Concerts, Queen of the Bay pageant, and Music and Food Festivals. Of course, the highlight of the festivities is our Annual September Carnival marked with beautiful colorful costumes and parade floats.

The theme for the 2017 September celebrations is:

**Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!**

Schedule of Events

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/05/17 11:45 AM

The September Celebrations Are Here!

The September Celebrations is here and the month long festivities kicked off a few days ago – but it was officially launched in Orange Walk Town over the weekend. A host of dignitaries gathered to formally declare the celebrations open to observe the anniversaries for the Battle of Saint George’s Caye and Independence Day. News Five’s Andrea Polanco has more on the event that happened in Orange Walk on Sunday.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The National Celebrations Commission kicked off the September Celebrations on Orange Walk Town on Sunday. The launch of the celebrations to observe the two hundred and nineteenth anniversary of the battle of Saint George’s Caye and the thirty-sixth anniversary of Independence was attended by the Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, and several members of parliament and the diplomatic and consular corps. Mayor of Orange Walk Town Kevin Bernard addressed the gathering, highlighting the theme of this year’s celebrations: Belize, Confronting Challenges, Celebrating Triumphs; Renewing our Resolve.

Kevin Bernard, Mayor, Orange Walk Town

“It is a fitting message as we proudly celebrate thirty six years of nationhood. It reminds us that there are challenges which face us on every level, some global, others internal. We are a people very divided on many levels; politically, religiously, socially. Sometimes I despair when I see friends and family actually divided along these lines. So, yes, there are many challenges which face us individually and as a nation but as the theme reminds us, we need to renew our resolve, to face these challenges as one people and to overcome the,. My message here is one which I send out on a daily basis and it is as pertinent today as always, and it is a message of unity and tolerance. As a young nation, we can no longer afford division along any lines.”

In his capacity as Chairman of National Celebrations Commission, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Patrick Faber reflected on Belize’s ability to adapt that comes with thirty six years of independence.

Patrick Faber, Chairman, National Celebrations Commission

“One of the lessons of this intricate development process is that the challenges we face all bring new opportunities. That is one of the positive aspects of being a young nation. We are adaptable, we are creative, and we are energetic and ready to accrue benefits in areas of which we have a comparative advantage; our natural and cultural resources, including our people, of which a majority is under the age of thirty.”

But even as young and growing nation while the opportunities are numerous, so are the threats and Mayor Kevin Bernard took time to highlight the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute – calling for Belizeans to unite on this critical issue.

Kevin Bernard

“Today, as a people, we also face threats from our neighbor Guatemala. We have always known about the unfound claim to our territory, but now it is even more real than it has ever been before. It is also a fact that Belizeans who go to the Sarstoon River are aggressed and have been turned back by the Guatemalan military. We are now closer, than ever before, going to a referendum which will decide if we go to the ICJ for decision. These are issues which should unite us in one course of action. Instead, we are more divided than ever over the wisdom of the ICJ to determine our territorial integrity or not.”

At Sunday’s event, San Ignacio and Santa Elena towns were selected through a lotto pick to host the 2018 September Celebrations opening. 

Channel 5



Belize National Carnival - 2017 Junior King and Queen Competition

Belize National Carnival - 2017 Junior King and Queen Competition
Date: 2 September, 2017 18:00 - 23:00
Place: Marion Jones Sports Complex, Belize City.

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/06/17 12:15 PM

The Mas Begins

With the Carnival King and Queen 2017 determined on Saturday night, the mas camps got underway on Monday night in the north and south sides of the city. The bands are getting ready for this weekend’s road march and gave us a peak look at what can be expected. While judging is on originality and creativity, one band is throwing in the famous conch soup. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

Duane Moody, Reporting

The competition to determine the 2017 Carnival Road March champions began on Monday night as two of the fourteen competing mas bands gave the judges a preview of what’s to come on September ninth when they take to the streets of Belize City. Day one of the mas camp took us to Trenchtown Masqueraders junior band and one of the highly anticipated senior bands, Mother Nature’s Creation. There are a total of two hundred points split between mas camp and the road march and the camp visits account for eighty of those points.

Sandra Mahler, President, Carnival Association

“We are starting the mas camps today; we have juniors and seniors that we are going to. The judges will be judging them based on their artistic quality, the appearance, the durability of the costume, color coordination, appearance, and originality. We have four days of mas camps; from today until Thursday. We start at seven everyday and these judges are going to see much better creativity and originality in these costumes this year. Every year we try to encourage the band leaders to do better than what they did before and this year they have certainly done that, so that is what we are going to see on mas camps this week.”

While the two bands we visited had several revelers dressed in their respective costumes, it is not mandatory. Carnival Association President Sandra Mahler says that there is no need for a human prop or a mannequin, but the bands must demonstrate the pieces from start to finish.

Our first stop for the night was over on Amara Avenue where juniors, Trenchtown Masqueraders were energized and ready for the road march. Their theme this year was inspired by the tragedy that struck their band leader, Patricia Flowers earlier this year. She explains how she converted her reality into fantasy.

Patricia Flowers, Band Leader, Trenchtown Masqueraders

“My story had to be removed from fantasy to when reality kicks in. My theme is when reality hits unexpectedly being that I went through a disaster on July eighth so I based my story on myself and what I’ve been going through, which is me being a princess, enjoying music when I was called home to fire. And my last section is just based on trying to get back on my feet, color, happiness. Our first section is the princess…that’s me Patricia Flowers – crazy as ever, looking crazy always on camp night. I mean everybody know I like music, everybody know I peaceful until yeah yo push me up there. But that’s me the first section. It is followed by the music that I was enjoying…to the third section, the fire that called me home that left me with the skeleton, being the frame of my house. And then I have the color to the back which is yellow and green given to me by one of my next band leaders. And I have to say big thank you to Miss Marina Welcome.”

Over on Saint Thomas Street, Mother Nature’s Creation is cooking up a storm with his theme, “A Belizean Delicacy: Conch Soup.” And yes, with all the trappings, including conch, okra and the other vegetables are in the mix up. Creative Director for the band, Leroy Green explains:

Leroy Green, Creative Director, Mother Nature’s Creation

“I always keep in mind that the theme of Mother Nature is history, culture and fantasy through carnival; so we always try to bring something to the streets that the Belizean public can relate to them because I don’t see any sense in bringing out anything to do with Rome or another place when Belizeans don’t know where Rome is. So we always try to bring out something that has to do with Belize. So that as soon as they hear it, they can say, yes that’s a part of us. The queen conch which was worn by Whitney is Queen Crustasea and in the story she was brought up from the waters around the barrier reef by prayers from the high priestess; you have to understand that this is a myth with elements of the fable. Whitney came from beneath the sea and she brought hundreds of conch along with her so that the fishermen did not have to dive. The king he was sent from the skies; the high priest of the skies prayed to the heavens to send them something to give them back their strength. He answered by sending rain, but not water rain – hundred and thousands of little black seeds which are the okra seeds and those became the okra plant which when they were ripened were used to make the conch soup. The third group will be led by another queen; I cannot remember the name right now, but each and every single dancer in that group will be wearing a different color with a backpack. They will be representing the pepper, the tomato, the potato, the onion that all goes together to make this conch soup.”

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September Celebrations! How To Celebrate in 2017, SanPedroScoop
It’s the most wonderful month of the year. Sure it’s hot and generally humid. Mosquito spray is a must at dawn and dusk and the stream of tourists has slowed to a trickle. BUT…it’s Independence Month! IT’S PARTY TIME! Belize celebrates two major holidays in September and for many, it can feel like the time between Sept 10th and 21st makes for one big HOLIDAY! Time to decorate your home and your cart and your person and get out your calendar. Though I’ve missed a few events – like the Miss San Pedro pageant – here are my favorite things to do in September.

September Celebrations Calendar of Events 2017, Tacogirl
Our young ( 36 years) and vibrant country is gearing up for September Celebrations with this years theme being, Belize – confronting challenges, celebrating triumphs and renewing our resolve. Countrywide, numerous cultural, religious, and sporting events are being held from the beginning of September up to the big finale on Independence Day, Sept 21st. This is a very patriotic month and many people show their pride decorating homes and businesses in the country’s colors; white, blue and red. September Celebrations Calendar Here are some of the many events going on this month that are worth the traveling around the country to see:

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/07/17 11:59 AM

Carnival Road March Line Up 2017

This year's Carnival Road March 2017 line up will be as follows:
Grand Marshall – Stanley Lizama
Caribbean Treasures - Non competitive band
Junior Bands (7)
Sunshine Masqueraders
Mahogany Masqueraders
Collect Royal Revelers
Black Pearl
Trenchtown Masqueraders
Soca Massive
Jump Street Posse
Ambulance
PanTempters Steel Band
Floats
Presidente
Belikin
Senior Bands (6)
Belizean United
Mother Nature’s Creation
Fantasy Karnival Belize
Titans Mas Band
Soca Moca Carnival Band
Belizean Jewels
Ambulance
Tumblers
Party Truck

Judging Points
Junior – Round about (Corner CA Blvd & Cemetery Rd)
Senior – Youth Apprenticeship Program, Youth for the Future Drive
(in front of Youth Department)
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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/07/17 12:00 PM

Carnival Road March 2017 Route

The Carnival Road March is set for September 9th, 2017 and will be commencing at 1:00 PM. The route for the road march is as follows:
Central American Blvd/Faber’s Road
Right onto Vernon Street
Left onto Youth for the Future Drive
Across BelChina Bridge
Douglas Jones Street
into Cinderella Plaza
Left onto Kelly Street
Right onto Baymen Avenue
Left onto Princess Margaret Drive
End in front of Marion Jones Sports Complex

JUDGING POINTS
Junior – CA Blvd & Cemetery Rd
Senior – Youth for the Future Drive, in front of Youth Apprenticeship


The Carnival Jouvert is set for September 9th, 2017 and will be commencing at 4:00 AM.

There will be a Ceremony for the souls that have gone ahead in the name of Carnival in honor of Jermaine Madrill at 3:45 AM followed by a moment of silence and laying of wreaths.

The route for the Jouvert will be as follows:

• Start from Belcan Bridge
• To Central American Boulevard
• Left, on to Cemetery Road
• Left, on to East Collet Canal
• Left on to Vernon St.
• Right, Youth for the Future over BelChina Bridge
• Right on to North Front Street
• Left on Queen Street
• Left on Daly Street
• Right on Craig Street
• Left on Marine Parade
• End at Dock

Bands

Public Mud – Belcan Bridge
Madd Squad – beside Pallotti
SOS – coming from MJSC
Coco Devils - Courts
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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/07/17 06:00 PM

PAN YAAD 2017 IS HERE!

Date: Saturday, September 16
Where: Marion Jones Sporting Complex
Time: 7:30PM
Price: Adults $10 | Children $5

Contact us for your tickets today! 227-2110

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/10/17 12:14 PM

Video: Belize City Parade

Carnival J'ouvert 2017!

Belize's grand Carnival continues!

Junior Bands kick off 2017 Carnival Road March!

CAYE CAULKER PARADE
Only pictures take from our parade last night if you have any please feel free to add in comments. Thank you to Atlantic Bank, Ocean Academy, C.C.R.C. School, La Isla Carinosa Academy, St Francis Xavier Credit Union for participating.

CAYE CAULKER BICYCLE PARADE
Our Children's bicycle parade was held yesterday. Thank you to all our participants.

Steel Band hyped up the Carnival!, 1min. Listen to the sounds of the Caribbean culture!

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/11/17 11:30 AM


Miss San Pedro And St. George's Caye Day Celebrations

San Pedro’s newest beaty ambassador, Miss San Pedro 2017, Virginia Vasquez was officially presented with her crown and scepter to commence her reign during today’s 10th September/St. George’s Caye Day celebrations.

The celebrations are part of the country’s official September Celebrations leading up to Independence Day on September 21. The program included short speeches by San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Area Representative/Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia. Belizean artist Jael August entertained with her rendition of the National Anthem of Belize and a few Belizean songs. After the ceremony a student parade ensued through the streets of downtown San Pedro culminating at Central Park were residents enjoyed a beautiful day by the beach.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the Ambergris Today

St George's Caye Day celebrations and Miss San Pedro coronation in San Pedro!
Miss San Pedro coronation and parade. Happy 10th of September to all Belizeans at home and a broad! Hip hip hurray!

Two crowns, one queen!
Two women were crowned Queen of the Bay (QOB) today at the launch of the September Celebrations, but only Ms Dangriga, Aaliyah Ysaguirre will be recognized as the official queen. During the coronation of Ms Ysaguirre this morning at the Memorial Park, National QOB Committee Chair, Zenaida Moya, went on stage with a separate crown, scepter and sash to pronounce Orange Walk Queen, Esmeralda Cal, Queen of the Bay at the same time outgoing QOB Christalyn Castillo was doing the official handing over to Ysaguirre. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Shari Williams eventually had to ask the police to escort Moya off the stage, and Ms Orange Walk went with her. Following the display, carried on live television, Ms Emma Boiton, original coordinator of the QOB Committee, issued a letter announcing that Moya had been dismissed immediately from her post as Committee Chair.

Titans Mas Band wins carnival competition
Titans Mas Band has emerged the winner of the senior division for Carnival Road March competition 2017. Titans, who appeared as the fourth senior band in the carnival line-up, secured the victory with 595 points for their presentation entitled, “Celebration of Life.” Mother Nature’s Creation came in second with 538 points, while Soca Moca Carnival Band, third with 523. In the Junior band division, the Mahogany Masqueraders took first place with 563.5 points, while Black Pearl and Trench Town Masqueraders took second and third with 559 and 494 points respectively. Bands scored points for: the durability of their costume, creative use of colors and carnival spirit, and for their performances in mass camp inspections held before carnival day.

Happy September 10th! A Parade, Immigrant Life – A Sunday Morning in San Pedro
There is always celebration and HUGE fireworks on the eve before. But last night…at about 8:30pm, torrential rains hit and the party was cancelled. This morning a parade was scheduled – the uniform parade – and I headed to town. Spoiler alert: With all the wind being sucked into gigantic Hurricane Irma thousands of miles away, it is HOT right now. And I didn’t make it to the parade. But here is what I saw this Sunday morning, September 10th in San Pedro town. The kids were supposed to be at the football field by 9am. Let’s just say that my arrival at 9:30 meant I was WAY early. A few of the souvenir vendors were open. I keep meaning to buy one of these woven straw bags for grocery shopping. Retro-chic.

2017 Fireworks Display in Corozal ; A Saturday evening Celebration At Maimi Beach
On, Saturday, September 9th, 2017 the Corozal people came out to enjoy September Celebration night eve at Maimi Beach, Corozal. This main event in Belize is celebrated a day before September 10. To respect the National Holiday of Belize. In Corozal, the main event was where everyone had gathered to await the fireworks at Maimi Beach. Also, live music was being played for people to enjoy. A number of people came out to either dance, sing or just watch everyone else. This band played until the Wee hours to celebrate Sepemtmber month. At 12midnight, the colorful fireworks display was lite up. I started recording the fireworks display and during my recording, I enjoyed watching the fireworks. I saw Children and adults from all ages enjoying the fireworks. some gathered in front of the Mirador Hotel and some stay at Maimi Beach. It was great to see this event happening in Corozal and I hope the town keeps up the good work for the town to enjoy. Here are some pictures and videos of last nights event.

Mini Parade in Corozal as part of the September Celebration 2017
The month of September is usually the fun part of your visit while being in Belize. I went to take pictures of a mini parade in Corozal. And, this mini parade is to collaborate the month of September to showcase the celebrations of Belize. 25 motorist came out for the parade. And, at midnight tonight there will be fireworks at Miami Beach.

Video: Queen of the Bay, 1hr45min.

Video:The video of the moment the QOTB ceremony went viral, 8min. Here is a video of the spectacle that happened at Queen of The Bay crowning at the Official 10th of September Celebrations for Saint Georges Caye Day. I apologize for the quality because I took the video with my phone. I just had a sick feeling in my stomach that something was going to happen so I recorded it and could not believe what I was seeing.



Belize Carnival 2017




2017 Belize City Carnival Parade

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/12/17 11:22 AM


In case you missed it: Here's a video of the September 10th Celebrations & Coronation of Miss San Pedro

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/12/17 06:53 PM


Video: Carnival Road March (September 9, 2017)

4 hours

Day three of Carnival mas camps, 6.5min.

The final night of mas camps, 6min




10th parade




Carnival Montage 2017




2017 Carnival Road March attracts thousands in Belize City

The 2017 Carnival Road March was held in Belize City on Saturday, September 9th, and saw thousands of Belizeans lined up along the designated Carnival route. It is one of the many anticipated events during the September Celebrations, and features Belize’s vibrant culture and heartfelt patriotism. This year the colorful road march ended at the Marion Jones Sports Complex where several participating bands were awarded for their outstanding performance.

Despite the grueling temperature and humid atmosphere, spectators from all around the city and country convened along the parade route. The different participating groups in this year’s event put on another memorable show, complete with elaborate costumes. It was a live jamboree on the streets of the city, with blaring speakers playing Soca beats, while both junior and senior bands, and steel pan bands mounted on large double deck trucks did their best to charm the judges along the route.

After hours of dancing and showcasing their choreography, the bands arrived to the Marion Jones Complex where the winners of this year’s road march were announced. In the Junior band division, coming in third place was Trench Town Masqueraders with a total of 494 points. In second place with 559 points was Black Pearl. Taking the top prize in the competition was Mahogany Masqueraders, with 563.5 points.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun




CARNIVAL IN THE CITY! Belize Carnival 2017

Check out some cool highlights from the carnival in Belize City from over the weekend. We went to Belize City to enjoy the carnival thats held as part of Belize's Independence activities. I was there to catch it on film. Enjoy

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Re: September Celebrations 2017 - 09/14/17 12:38 PM

Independence Day Carnival Parade Route

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Belize Carnival 2017 Seniors, 400+ photos!

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Belize Carnival 2017 Best Highlights
A compilation of the Belize Carnival 2017 best scenes. The original ambient sound is used to maintain the authentic carnival spirit.
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